UFC 165: Jones Planning “Domination”, Gustafsson Expecting Takedown Attempt
By FCF Staff
Jon Jones will look to set a new record for title defenses of the UFC’s light-heavyweight belt at UFC 165, and if he beats Alexander Gustafsson, it will be the renowned fighter’s sixth win as champion (Tito Ortiz is currently tied with him at five). The general consensus is that Jones will continue his reign, even if Gustafsson’s size and striking might pose some challenges for “Bones”.
In the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”, both Jones and Gustafsson fielded various questions about Saturday’s main event, and here is some of what they had to say (according to a press release sent out by FOX Sports).
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on dealing with Alexander Gustafsson’s reach: “I think Alexander uses his reach really well, but he doesn’t use his as well as I use mine. If you watch his fights, he gets hit in the face a lot. He does a lot of things that I do, but I think I do them better.”
Jones on why people should watch the fight this weekend: “You’ll be able to witness a dream come true. You’ll see me surpass Tito’s record. I’m more dominant than ever. My cardio is better than ever. My tactics are better than ever. It’ll be domination baby!”
Alexander Gustafsson on what Jon Jones will try to do against him in the fight: “I don’t know what to expect. I know he’ll go for a takedown, but I don’t know when he’ll do it. I will be in the cage with no thoughts and ready for anything.”
Gustafsson on if he can go five rounds against Jones: “It’s not an issue. I’m ready to go all five rounds. A perfect fight for me is a finish, but I’ll go all five if I have to.”
Gustafsson on his biggest change in his training approach since his loss to Phil Davis: “In my thinking of the whole thing. I know what it takes to be a professional fighter and to compete with the best in the world. You need to give everything you have. You need to live MMA.”
UFC 165 will take place at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and the main card will be available via pay–per-view.